Sep 3, 2013
Noted International Peacemaker to Speak at BCU
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Sister Pat Farrell, LCSW, LMHP, LISW, will present “Franciscan Peacemaking and Social Justice” at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in the Saint Francis Center on the Briar Cliff University campus. This free event is open to the public.
A member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Pat holds a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English from Briar Cliff. Early in her religious life, she was on a religious education team for a county in rural Iowa and taught high school English and theology.
After pastoral work and community organizing in San Antonio, Texas, Sister Pat went to Arica, Chile, during the Pinochet dictatorship, where she participated in a variety of social service, pastoral and human rights activities, including service of The Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in Santiago.
For 14 years, she was in Suchitoto, El Salvador’s war-torn area of Guazapa, accompanying returning refugees, providing pastoral services, assisting with the women’s movement and human rights and serving as a trauma mental health worker. Before leaving El Salvador, she co-founded the Center of Art for Peace in Suchitoto. She also served the behavioral health needs of Spanish-speaking populations in Chicago and Omaha.
Currently, Sister Pat is part of the leadership team of the Sisters of Saint Francis and continues serving in the national leadership of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as immediate past president.